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LEMOORE — The Lemoore City Council met Tuesday and approved both a change in location for an electronic vehicle charging station and a new mural.

Before those items were approved, however, AMVETS District 6 Cmdr. Jeff Lukens and Post 1893 Cmdr. Darren Clayton stopped by to present Lemoore Police and Fire Departments with teddy bears as part of AMVETS “Care-Bear” program.

The “Care-Bear” program provides stuffed teddy bears to first responders so that they may provide comfort to children that are victims of house fires, domestic disputes, car accidents, and other tragedies. This program is funded through donations and the bears are designed so that the stuffed animal’s area small enough to be stored in police and fire response vehicles.

AMVETS Post 1893 is a veterans organization that started in Kings County in April 2017. Post 1893 is a countywide post that strives to assist veterans, their families, and the communities where they live throughout Kings County.

Electric vehicle charging stations

In October 2017, Council approved that the city move forward with putting electric vehicle charging stations in the downtown area.

The stations were to be put in at no cost to the city by a company called ChargePoint, which is part of a grant-funded program through the state.

Council had agreed on a location near the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce, but ChargePoint officials said when they contacted PG&E, they were told that the utility design and proximity of the railroad tracks would be major challenges in that area.

According to the staff report, city staff and ChargePoint regrouped to find a new location for the electric vehicle charging stations that was within the original scope of the project.

The proposed the charging stations be located in the Cinnamon Municipal Complex parking lot at 711 W. Cinnamon Dr. They said this location was chosen due to its high traffic flow, being that it is where the recreation center and most city services are.

The report said city staff and PG&E have reviewed the plans for the proposed location and have found that the power connection is easily accessible at the complex as well.

Council unanimously approved the location change with a 4-0 vote, with Councilman Jeff Chedester absent.

Councilwoman Holly Blair said she was really excited about having the charging stations in Lemoore for the added possibility that visitors who stop by to charge their vehicles will then spend time in town by eating at local restaurants or staying at local hotels.

Right now, the plan is to install three charging stations that are also Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. ChargePoint will be responsible for funding the installation and maintenance of the charging stations.

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